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United States Judo Federation

Building Judo In America


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Education – Certifications

For Judoka’s at Every Level

Our Vision: 

Building strong wellness communities by empowering members to make known the Judo maxim, Jita-kyoei (spirit of mutual prosperity for self and others), through safe and positive experiences.

Our Mission:

Promote and support Judo as a physical, mental, and moral practice.


News and Events

Covid 19 Update

The latest COVID guidelines from the Medical Committee for dojos and events.

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Benefit as a USJF Club

In appreciation for your continued Dojo membership, the USJF Board of Directors would like to provide you a beautiful USJF Custom Dojo Banner FREE of charge.  Order Now!

Judo Profiles

Sayaka Torra

Sayaka Torra

USJF STORY~ Sayaka Torra I’m Sayaka Torra and I’ve been a member of USJF for over 30 years. I’m a 5th degree black belt, 2008 Olympian, and Senior Instructor at the East Bay Judo Institute. My dad, David Matsumoto, became the head instructor of EBJI in 1983 and 38...

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Interview with Sensei Robert Brink

Interview with Sensei Robert Brink

Interview with Sensei Robert Brink January 23, 2022 Sensei Robert Brink - 50th State Yudanshakai United States Judo Federation Webinar Series Interview with Sensei Robert Brink Former: USJF President, Board of Examiners - Chair, Hall of Fame inductee, and  author of...

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Fresno Judo Club

Fresno Judo Club

Fresno Judo Club Fresno, California Sensei Larry Tsutsui The Fresno Judo Club is a non-profit organization, a member of the San Joaquin Valley Judo Yudanshakai, United States Judo Federation, California Judo Incorporated, and USA Judo. In 1952, the dojo was started by...

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Road Map back to Safe Practice

Building the Community

pathway to success

Pathways Toward Success

When your son or daughter participates in Judo through a charter club approved by the United States Judo Federation, they will have quality instruction and a positive experience which will enrich their lives as they grow and mature. 

teacher certification


The United States Judo Federation Teachers Institute, with its long standing tradition of technical excellence in teaching and coaching is committed to serving our members with the latest information and procedures.  In addition, certification in Self Defense Instruction, National refereeing and kata judging are offered.

Video Resources

Many dojos have had to adjust to a hybrid-remote model, a combination of in-person and virtual blended instruction.  The USJF videos are available to all sensei’s and coaches. Our hope is that these videos serve as useful learning tools for your practice.

Obukan Judo Club

the Community

The USJF is committed in supporting the dojo/club. 

Judo participation can provide the space for healthy activities and access to areas where people come together, and foster outlets for physical and mental health recovery.

USJF committee meeting

USJF National Committees

Voluntary committee members are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our members and their communities by providing research, experience, education and diversity in the interest of the betterment of man-kind through the practice and study of judo.

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Yudanshakai (Regions)

Being the oldest Judo organization in the USA, the USJF was originally called the Judo Black Belt Federation (JBBF). It was organized around regional/local Yudanshakai (black belt associations). The purpose of the Yudanshakai is to promote judo in its own area and run local events.

United States Judo Federation

When you join the USJF not only will you enjoy the benefits it offers, you will have access to resources and a knowledge base that will serve to educate and enhance your enjoyment of this great sport.

Dojo’s Making a Difference in their Community


Obukan Judo Dojo

Portland, Oregon

U.S. Judo Hall of Fame

Class of 2022

Class of 2010

Class of 2022

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeff Takeda

Vaughn and Phyllis Imada